Munuswamy Shanthi of SHAR conferred with Nari Shakti Puraskar

Ms Munuswamy Shanthi, a scientist at SHAR, Sriharikota was conferred with Nari Shakti Puraskar. She is a notable woman scientist/engineer (SG-Meteorology & Wind Profiler instrumentation and range operations). Some of her most noteworthy work include commissioning the first Telecommand station at Port Blair in 2014. Ms Shanthi designed a mobile wind profiler and played a critical role in handling real time space craft anomalies thus avoiding contingency and fatalities.

Nari Shakti Puraskar (earlier known as Stree Shakti Puraskar), literally meaning “Woman Power Award”, is India’s highest civilian award for recognising the achievements and contributions of women. The awards are given away by the President of India every year on March 8, International Women’s Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

The Nari Shakti Puraskar is conferred on individual women, public and private institutions and public departments for their activism and/ or their contributions to the cause of women’s empowerment. The award, instituted in the year 1999 by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India, is given in six institutional categories and two individual categories. The award carries a cash prize of rupees one lakh and a citation.

 

IRNSS-1H launch from Sriharikota today. Watch it live.

SHAR Sriharikota is getting ready to launch its first private sector-built navigation satellite today at 6.59 pm. The satellite will replace one of NAVIC’s seven satellites which is malfunctioning. NAVIC is a system of seven navigational satellites powering India’s own navigation system. The 1425 kg IRNSS – 1H satellite will lift off on the back of PSLV C-39, on its 41st flight. The Indian space agency has conducted 150 missions over the last three decades, staring with Aryabhatta in 1975.

PSLV C-32 to launch IRNSS-1F on 10th March from Sriharikota in Nellore district

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SHAR is going to launch PSLV-C32 at 4 PM on 10th March from Sriharikota in Nellore district. Its payload is the sixth spacecraft in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1F), which aims to improve global positioning services over India and neighboring regions.

GSLV Successfully Launches India’s Latest Communication Satellite GSAT-6

ISRO had successfully deployed the India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, equipped with the indigenous Cryogenic Upper Stage (CUS), successfully launched GSAT-6, the country’s latest communication satellite, into a Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO).

The launch took place from the Second Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR), Sriharikota, the spaceport of India. This was the fifth developmental flight of GSLV and the third to carry the indigenous CUS.  GSLV-D6 was intended to further test and qualify the CUS developed by ISRO.

The antenna is one of the most advanced features of GSAT-6 satellite and will be utilized for five spot beams over the Indian mainland, which exploit the frequency reuse scheme to increase frequency spectrum utilisation efficiency.

The satellite provides communication through five spot beams in S-band and a national beam in C-band for strategic users. The satellite’s life expectancy is nine years.

ISRO also said, the third orbit raising operation of GSAT-6 was successfully completed by firing the satellite’s onboard motors for nine minutes.

Soon after its injection into GTO, the two solar arrays of GSAT-6 were automatically deployed and the Master Control Facility (MCF) at Hassan in Karnataka took control of GSAT-6.

In the coming days, GSAT-6’s orbit will be raised from its present GTO to the final circular Geostationary Orbit (GSO) by firing the satellite’s Liquid Apogee Motor (LAM) in stages. The satellite will be commissioned into service after the completion of orbit raising operations, deployment of its 6 m wide sieve shaped unfurlable antenna, the satellite’s positioning  in its designated orbital slot of 83 degree East longitude in the GSO and in-orbit testing of its communication payloads. Flight of GSLV underscores the success of ISRO in mastering the highly complex cryogenic rocket propulsion technology.

Mangalyaan launch from SHAR in Nellore successful

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The first phase of the Mars Orbitor Mission (MOM) a.k.a Mangalyaan was successful yesterday (5th Nov 2013 at 14:38 IST) as the PSLV C-25 successfully put the MOM spacecraft precisely into an elliptical orbit of earth, extremely close to the predicted orbit. The spacecraft will now perform 7 orbits of Earth over the next 4 weeks, gradually increasing the height of the orbit, before departing for a 300-day cruise to Mars entering the Mars orbit on 24th Sep 2014.

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Mangalyaan: From Nellore to Mars. Good Luck SHAR!

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Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is ISRO’s first interplanetary mission to planet Mars with the 1350 kg spacecraft designed to orbit Mars in an elliptical orbit of 372 km by 80,000 km. The primary driving technological objective of the Rs450 crore mission is to design and realize a spacecraft with a capability to reach Mars (Martian transfer Trajectory), then to orbit around Mars (Mars Orbit Insertion) which will take about nine months time. Yet another technological challenge is to realize related deep space mission planning and communication management at a distance of nearly 400 million km.

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The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV C-25) will be used to inject the spacecraft from SDSC, SHAR, Sriharikota in Nellore district, sometime between Oct 21-Nov 7 2013. This satellite will also carry compact science experiments, totalling a mass of 15 kg, as listed below :

Payload Primary Objective
Lyman Alpha Photometer (LAP) Escape processes of Mars upper atmosphere through Deuterium/Hydrogen
Methane Sensor for MARS (MSM) Detect presence of Methane
Martian Exospheric Composition Explorer (MENCA) Study the neutral composition of the Martian upper atmosphere
MARS Colour Camera (MCC) Optical imaging
TIR imaging spectrometer (TIS) Map surface composition and mineralogy

 

GSLV-D5 Launch from SHAR Nellore Called-Off

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The Launch of the GSLV-D5 scheduled for 16:50 hrs on 19th August, 2013 ws called off, as a leak was observed in the UH25 fuel system of the liquid second stage, during the pre-launch pressurisation phase on the vehicle, just two hours before the scheduled lift-off.

The propellants are being drained from the Cryogenic Stage, Liquid Second Stage and the four liquid Strap-ons of GSLV-D5. The vehicle will be moved back to the Vehicle Assembly Building for further actions.

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The revised launch date will be announced after a detailed assessment.

GSLV-D5 rocket getting ready to take off from Sriharikota, Nellore with GSAT 14 satellite

The launch campaign for GSLV-D5/ GSAT14 mission commenced on 31.01.2013. Further campaign activities are in progress.  The Launch is scheduled at 16:50 Hrs. (IST) on 19.08.2013 from Satish Dhawan Space Center (SHAR) at Sriharikota in Nellore district.

Launch Vehicle Integration and Satellite Integration Images are released.

PSLV-C22 Successfully Launches IRNSS-1A from Sriharikota, Nellore

ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C22, successfully launched IRNSS-1A, the first satellite in the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS), in the early morning hours of today (July 2, 2013) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. This is the twenty third consecutively successful mission of PSLV. The ‘XL’ configuration of PSLV was used for the mission. Previously, the same configuration of the vehicle was used thrice to launch Chandrayaan-1, GSAT-12 and RISAT-1 satellites.

At the completion of the countdown, PSLV-C22 lifted off from the First Launch Pad at 23:41 hrs IST yesterday (July 1, 2013) with the ignition of the first stage and four strap-on motors of the launch vehicle. The important flight events, namely, stage and strap-on ignitions, heat-shield separation, stage and strap-on separations and satellite injection took place exactly as planned. After a flight of 20 minutes 17 seconds, the IRNSS-1A Satellite, weighing 1425 kg, was injected to the intended elliptical orbit of 282.46 km X 20,625.37 km.

After injection, the solar panels of IRNSS-1A,India’s First Navigation Satellite, were deployed automatically. ISRO’s Master Control Facility (at Hassan, Karnataka) assumed the control of the satellite. In the coming days, five orbit maneuvers will be conducted from Master Control Facility to position the satellite in its Geosynchronous Circular Orbit at 55 deg East longitude.

IRNSS-1A is the first of the seven satellites constituting the space segment of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. IRNSS is an independent regional navigation satellite system designed to provide position information in the Indian region and 1500 km around the Indian mainland. IRNSS would provide two types of services, namely, Standard Positioning Services (SPS) – provided to all users – and Restricted Services (RS) provided only to authorised users.

A number of ground stations responsible for the generation and transmission of navigation parameters, satellite control, satellite ranging and monitoring, etc., have been established in as many as 15 locations across the country.

The entire IRNSS constellation of seven satellites is planned to be completed by 2015-16.

 

PSLV C-22 to launch IRNSS-1A from Sriharikota, Nellore

Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV – C22, will launch India’s first dedicated navigational satellite IRNSS-1A on July 01, 2013 at 23:41 hrs (IST) from SDSC SHAR, Sriharikota, SPSR Nellore District.

Status as on 27th June:

  • Launch rehearsal is in progress.
  • Global checks completed successfully

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